Thursday, July 7, 2011

City budget keeps teachers on the job, boro firehouses open

The City Council approved a $66 billion budget Wednesday that averted proposed teacher layoffs, prevented the closure of four Queens firehouses and restored funding to libraries. Comment.

VIDEO: Ganesh Mandir in Flushing is consecrated

Thousands of people attended a consecration ceremony following the renovation of a major room in the Ganesh Mandir, or temple, in Flushing, Queens. The ceremony, known as the Kumbhabhishekam, was the final part of a ritual in which the gods are installed and the towers are consecrated. Comment.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Guv sets special election date for Weiner seat

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Friday for a special election to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in Congress, setting the contest for Primary Day, Sept. 13. Comment.

Molloy coach let go, to parents’ chagrin

Archbishop Molloy girls’ basketball parents are looking for answers from the school after varsity coach Tom Catalanotto was unceremoniously dismissed Friday. Many of them planned to go to the school in an attempt to get them. Comment.

Molloy’s Rosenbaum named All-City coach 2011

One team returned to the top after a year’s absence, one remained there and another made history. Comment.

Boro greenspace to get new borders

Lost Battalion Park in Rego Park will be expanding its boundaries, thanks to a land swap between the city and a developer. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Brennan gives up CB 7 board seat

Gene Brennan began his long career in public service by serving nearly 20 years as a detective in the NYPD. During that time the Whitestone resident started to take part in the Dwarf Giraffe Little League, coaching, advocating, serving on its board and eventually rising to the level of league president. Comment.

People using fireworks risk being arrested: 102nd Pct.

Fireworks are not just illegal, they can also get you hurt or arrested, the 102nd Precinct warned. Comment.
Ridgewood

City pushes 311 web system

Maspeth residents frustrated with dialing 311 got their information directly from the source last week. Comment.

District 24 charter school looks for space

The first charter school in District 24 came a step closer to becoming a reality earlier this month, and its founders are now hunting for space. Comment.

Strawberry cuts ribbon on Bayside AT&T

New York Yankees legend Darryl Strawberry attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week at a new AT&T store at 205-14 Northern Blvd. in Bayside, which is about equidistant between Flushing, where he helped lead the New York Mets to their 1986 championship, and Douglaston, where he is part owner of Strawberry’s Sports Grill. Comment.

Douglaston Manor has worn many hats

For more than 90 years now, Douglas Manor has been able to lay claim to one of the many yacht clubs that dot the shoreline of the Long Island Sound, but the history of the Douglaston Club is more than a list of schooners and clippers. Comment.

Bellerose residents slam group home for autistic kids

Bellerose residents are saying “not in my backyard” to an Astoria nonprofit’s plan to set up a group home for autistic children on 247th Street, arguing that a similar home is operating just nine houses away. Comment.
Crime

Burglar steals boro man’s TV and turtle: Police

SOUTH JAMAICA — An alleged South Jamaica cat burglar did not even spare his victim’s pet turtle, police said. Comment.
Crime

Rosedale girl critical after being hit by bus

ROSEDALE — A 7-year-old girl was clinging to life Monday after she was accidentally struck by a school bus in the middle of the afternoon, the police said. She was with a dog at the time. Comment.
Crime

Boro Little League coach abused three more boys

KEW GARDENS — The former Rochdale Village Little League coach, who has been arrested for allegedly molesting three of his athletes, was indicted on further criminal charges in Queens Criminal Court Tuesday after investigators found he sexually abused three other boys, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

300 lbs. of illegal drugs nabbed at JFK: Feds

JFK AIRPORT — Customs agents seized more than 300 pounds of illegal substances from travelers who were entering New York from destinations around the world, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said. Comment.

VA drops private development at St. Albans site

The federal government has reversed its proposal to redevelop parts of the St. Albans VA Hospital, but former soldiers and elected officials said they will continue to fight to make sure the vets’ needs are completely fulfilled. Comment.
Laurelton

Wills to face trial in 1996 case of petit larceny, trespassing

Despite having nearly 15 years to settle a misdemeanor case, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) will be facing a trial for those charges in Manhattan later this summer. Comment.

Elmhurst Dairy drops suit against Starbucks

Elmhurst Dairy has withdrawn its court challenge against Starbucks seeking to compel the coffee chain to reverse its decision to stop using the Jamaica dairy plant’s products in its city locations. Comment.

Stop house parties: Smith

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) said he wants to issue a moratorium on house parties in southeast Queens in an effort to prevent the surge in violent shootings that occurred in the neighborhood last year. Comment.
Laurelton

113th Precinct honors fallen officer with street rename

An NYPD police officer who served southeast Queens got a piece of it back Saturday when a portion of Baisley Boulevard was renamed Disdale Enton Way. Comment.

IS 230 annex to replace Jackson Hts. mansion

A preservationist who had hoped to save a Jackson Heights mansion that had once been a doctor’s abode said the structure is in the process of being torn down for a school. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Illustrating the subconscious Jackson Heights artist Clara Fialho delves into our psychology with her abstract expressions

At the beginning of the 20th century, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung invented the term “collective unconscious,” which suggested that all people share inherent subconscious ideas and dreams. Attracted to Jung’s idea of a universal thought process, Jackson Heights artist Clara Fialho has transformed this concept into her work by painting dreamy, child-like images onto large, enveloping canvases of pleasurable colors. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

LIRR’s removal of Gardens tree angers residents

Some Queens residents may want to rename their neighborhood Deforest Hills. Comment.

Juniper Park Civic expects St. Saviour’s reconstruction

At the Juniper Park Civic Association meeting last Thursday, residents received word that a beloved church may rise from the grave. Comment.

DA ups Collao slay charges

The Queens district attorney upgraded charges against six teenagers last Thursday to include murder as a hate crime after they were originally accused of mistakenly deciding an 18-year-old boy was gay and then beating him to death earlier this year. Comment.
Flushing Times

Meng, Koo push for pedestrian safety in downtown Flushing

Flushing leaders are taking steps to ensure pedestrians and drivers in downtown Flushing stay safe during the July 4 holiday weekend. Comment.

Macedonia AME church logs 200 yrs.

In the midst of a constantly changing neighborhood of immigrants, one Flushing organization has remained a community fixture for the last 200 years. Comment.

Bob LoPinto, longtime CB 7 stalwart, retires

Robert LoPinto, one of the longest-serving members of Community Board 7, has stepped down from the board, giving up his seat as second vice president and taking decades of environmental engineering and community service expertise with him. Comment.
Flushing Times

Farmers Market slated to open at Pomonok center

Queens veggie-lovers will have one more location to find fresh produce when a new farmers’ market opens next week in Fresh Meadows. Comment.

Developers fined over deadly Elmhurst wall collapse

Three construction companies, one chaired by the son of notorious Flushing developer Tommy Huang, are facing more than $116,000 in fines related to an Elmhurst accident in which one man was killed and three others were injured, the U.S. Department of Labor said earlier this month. Comment.
Crime

Disorderly Mets fan fought with cops: DA

CORONA — A New York Mets fan took some swings of his own during a June 19 game at Citi Field, documents from the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Editorial

‘Acceptance, Respect, Equality’

In celebrating the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “It’s acceptance, it’s respect, it’s equality.” Comment.

Flushing YWCA extends congratulations to GED grads

Diplomas may have come a little later or in an unconventional manner for the 2011 graduates of the YW-Access program, based at the YWCA of Queens in Flushing, but they joined a list of very successful people who have received their GEDs. Comment.

City fixes potholes created during storms

The city has completed what it called a “pothole blitz,” during which it sent Department of Transportation workers out in droves citywide to fill the craters the long winter left behind. Comment.

L.I. teen has surgery at North Shore to cure his case of Tourette’s

Most teenagers hate curfews, but not Robbie Lattieri. Comment.

Mandingo’s activism hailed

Last week Bayside resident and activist Mandingo Tshaka traveled with a contingent of family and friends to Albany, where he was honored by the Board of Regents of the state Department of Education for his contributions to the education of African and African diaspora history and culture. Comment.
Bayside Times

LIRR jobs saved under new deal with unions

The Long Island Rail Road says it has avoided a shutdown of nearly a score of ticket windows, including Flushing-Main Street, and layoffs of two cleaning crews as a result of a short-term agreement with one of its unions. Comment.

Queens Library receives $200K for youth workforce program

The cash-strapped Queens Library system is getting a boost this summer, thanks to a grant from one of the city’s largest insurance companies. Comment.

Cancer survivors’ homespun quilts bring hope to QHC

Four quilts on display at the Queens Hospital Center this summer are the result of a project that generated awareness about cancer services and brought healing to the quilters. Comment.

Avella blasts plan by boro group to buy more land

A Queens lawmaker says the community has been blindsided by a proposal from the Floral Park-based Indian Cultural and Community Center, which now owns what had been state land on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center site, to acquire more property there at a deep discount so it can build two nine-story apartment buildings. Comment.

Pa. police investigate crash of Flushing-bound bus

Pennsylvania State Police were investigating what caused a tour bus headed for Flushing to rear-end a tractor-trailer in Pennsylvania Monday morning, killing the bus driver and injuring 25 passengers as well as the truck driver, according to officials. The crash is the latest in a series of fatal tour bus crashes this year. Comment.

Beloved pooch survives brutal attack that left his owner dead

When police officers arrived the morning of May 3 at a sixth-floor apartment at 140-18 Ash Ave. in Flushing, they found two bloody bodies. Comment.

Pols trim to spare Engine 306

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council reached a tentative agreement that neared final approval this week which would spare Bayside’s FDNY Engine Co. 306 from the chopping block. Comment.

Toronto Blue Jays sign Baysider to Florida farm team

Like most young baseball players, all George Carroll ever wanted was to play in the professional leagues. Comment.

Little Neck school honors deceased pupils with tree

It was a somber affair at PS 221 in Little Neck last week as members of the school’s community gathered to remember the lives of three young students whose lives were cut short before they got the chance to graduate with their classmates. Comment.
Arts

Illustrating the subconscious

At the beginning of the 20th century, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung invented the term “collective unconscious,” which suggested that all people share inherent subconscious ideas and dreams. Attracted to Jung’s idea of a universal thought process, Jackson Heights artist Clara Fialho has transformed this concept into her work by painting dreamy, child-like images onto large, enveloping canvases of pleasurable colors. Comment.
Crime

Bronx woman hit, killed by van in LIC: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Bronx woman was killed Saturday after she was hit by a van at the corner of 40th Avenue and 12th Street, police said. Comment.
Crime

Howard Beach man fired paintball gun at pal: DA

HOWARD BEACH — A Howard Beach resident was arrested after allegedly shooting another man in the leg with a paintball gun June 19, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Crime

Cops confiscate 17 rifles, BB Gun from boro home

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Police found multiple, unregistered rifles in the home of a Middle Village man as they were arresting him on a domestic abuse call, the Queens District Attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Attacker broke cheek, then choked woman: DA

BROAD CHANNEL — A Broad Channel man allegedly fractured someone’s face June 19, but not before also allegedly choking a woman who tried to stop the beating, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Letters

Preserve site of Creedmoor facility from private developers

At a packed joint meeting of the Bellerose Commonwealth Civic Association and the Queens Colony Civic Association June 9, the groups discussed recent proposals for private development on New York state property, formerly the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Comment.
Letters

Weiner should not have resigned his office

While I do not condone former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s irrational and immature conduct, I do recognize there was no physical contact involved or crime committed and that he was otherwise well-regarded and responsive to his constituents. Comment.
Letters

Padavan deserved invite to march in Douglaston-Little Neck parade

How soon we forget! At the Douglaston-Little Neck Memorial Day Parade for the past 25 years and more, Capt. Sam Greenberg of the U.S. Navy, a U.S. Army brigadier general, another Navy captain and I, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, always marched together in the parade joined by former state Sen. Frank Padavan, a colonel in the Army. We are now all retired from the military. Comment.
Letters

Nanny state must come to an end

The nanny state marches on. If the ban on smoking in outdoor parks and plazas was not enough, now state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) has introduced a bill to prohibit smoking in cars when a minor under the age of 14 is present. Comment.
Letters

Rich have hands in public assistance

A recent picture in the newspaper relative to rent regulation showed a gentleman holding up a sign reading “New York is not just for the rich.” Is he kidding? Comment.
Letters

Time to bring the troops home

The United States needs to begin immediately withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan. It seems the Afghan president is forever complaining about our forces as being more of an occupation force rather than a fighting one. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Huguenots played major role in city’s early history

Sometime after October 1517, the Huguenot movement began, it is believed, as a result of Martin Luther’s writings. His supporters throughout Europe were to be known as “Protestants.” Also known to have been supported by them was John Calvin, a Frenchman, who wrote “Institutin Christianae” in 1638. His supporters at that time ranged from Protestants in several European countries, including Switzerland, France, Scotland and the Netherlands. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Moynihan, my father-in-law worked hard to achieve dreams

During most of the years Elaine and I lived on Park Lane South in Richmond Hill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was one of our U.S. senators. That is how his life intersected with the life of my father-in-law, who lived with us for 14 years, when the senator sent that great letter to Dad on the latter’s 90th birthday. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Queens’ Judge Siegal elected president of boro bar group

We usually start this column with either updated news of what’s going on in Queens or positive news about good things happening to friends, colleagues, VIPs, etc. Comment.
Business

Bayside business takes the cake on freshness

If you were to stop by the new Teaspoon Bakery early one morning with a craving for cake — or late in the afternoon longing for a scone — you may not necessarily find your particular treat available on the counter — but that’s a product of design. Comment.

Whitestone Bridge work zone undergoing ‘slight’ lane shift

The MTA has debuted a new traffic pattern on the southbound side of the Whitestone Bridge, and it wants drivers to be aware of a shift in their interborough routes. Comment.

Teens have a ball at US Open tryouts

Hundreds of eager tennis fans from all over braved rainy weather at Flushing Meadows Corona Park last Thursday to try their best to capture a summer job that puts them front and center court during the US Open. Comment.

Triboro Bridge turns 75

The day the stock market crashed Oct. 29, 1929, and ushered in the Great Depression, work began on a three-pronged bridge to connect Queens to Manhattan and the Bronx. Now that bridge, known as the Triborough or by its new name, the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, is celebrating its diamond jubilee. Comment.

Budget to protect teachers

The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg reached a tentative budget agreement Friday that would prevent laying off thousands of the city’s public school teachers. As of press time Tuesday, the full Council had not voted on the budget. Comment.

Outer-boro taxi hail plan passes Senate

A plan to allow travelers to hail certain livery cabs in the outer boroughs passed the state Senate Friday with mixed support from the taxi advocacy groups and the Queens delegation, but as of Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had yet to sign the bill, which passed the state Assembly last week. Comment.

Tifereth temple kicks off million-dollar renovation

A Corona Jewish temple that had for decades been unheard of by the borough at large is getting a makeover for its 100th birthday. Comment.

Teen killed, three injured in shooting

After a shooting on the border of St. Albans and South Jamaica left a recent high school graduate dead and wounded three other teens over the weekend, police were still searching for suspects Tuesday and had handcuffed one of the victims to his Jamaica Hospital bed. Comment.

Socrates Park exec director ends tenure after 11 years

Socrates Sculpture Park is set for change this summer. Comment.
Astoria Times

Straphangers call for QM22 revival

The rally held at the end of the N and Q subway lines in Astoria Monday doubled as a memorial, although the protesters were remembering not people but lost bus and train routes. Comment.

NY renews rent laws as 7.2 % hike OK’d

The state Legislature has renewed rent regulations in what its major legislative supporters praised but renter advocates generally called a disappointment. Comments (1).
Astoria Times

Mt. Sinai marks 12 years

After 12 years in Astoria, Mount Sinai Queens Hospital honored its employees and looked toward the future at its anniversary celebration last Thursday. Comment.

Queens saved from lion’s share of budget cuts

After fretting about teacher layoffs and cuts to library service and fire companies, Queens is breathing a sigh of relief after Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council came to a preliminary budget agreement that keeps the services intact. Comment.

City looking for efficient ways to get to LaGuardia

The city Department of Transportation and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey solicited opinions on how to improve public transportation to LaGuardia Airport, but also fielded complaints that the Jackson Heights meeting last week was poorly advertised. Comment.

City, state to upgrade four Jamaica Bay plants by 2020

The city and state have come together not only to stop the growing ecological decay of Jamaica Bay but also to restore the environment to its original green state. Comment.

Jackson Hts. festival celebrates diverse cultures

It can be easy to live in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world, but it takes actual work to get along with all the people of different cultures and backgrounds who share the space. Comment.

Astoria to celebrate July 4 with early fireworks

It will not quite be Independence Day when the fireworks explode over the East River Thursday, but for those who have traveled to Astoria Park for the pre-July 4 celebration over the last 29 years, it is a crucial part of the holiday. Comment.

NY passes marriage equality

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed same-sex marriage into law, a city councilman had a chance to break out a long-awaited wedding cake and officials were already speculating how much revenue would come from the legislation. Comment.

Boro engines, ladder dodge ax in hand-shake deal

After weeks of heated debate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council have reached a tentative agreement that would save four Queens FDNY companies from the chopping block. Comment.

Fate of Queens libraries still unsure

Some city services, such as firehouses and public schools, may have avoided significant cuts under the city’s proposed budget that was expected to be passed this week, but Queens Public Library officials said they were still in limbo about their future. Comment.
Astoria Times

Illustrating the subconscious 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung invented the term “collective unconscious,” which suggested that all people share inherent subconscious ideas and dreams. Attracted to Jung’s idea of a universal thought process, Jackson Heights artist Clara Fialho has transformed this concept into her work by painting dreamy, child-like images onto large, enveloping canvases of pleasurable colors. Comment.

Girl fights for life after DWI crash in Jamaica: Cops

A 6-year-old girl was in critical condition after being struck by an SUV in Jamaica Tuesday evening while waiting to buy ice cream, police and witnesses said. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to police. Comment.

Turtles from Jamaica Bay crawl onto JFK runway

A bale of turtles invaded the runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday morning, but the slow-moving reptiles proved to be no match for Port Authority and animal control agents, who intervened so that fliers would not be delayed, the PA said. Comment.
Food

New World Mall: Asian fare in Flushing not for the faint

Flushing has added a new venue for diners with curious palates looking for a cheap thrill. The New World Mall, on Main Street, has taken over the site of the long-defunct Caldor and turned it into a savory slice of Asia. Comment.

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